Webinar 1. Engaging Participants Online
Even before COVID-19, companies were relying increasingly on webinars to conduct training because the technology had improved so much and because live online training is much more time- and cost-efficient. The pandemic has only accelerated that trend.
If you think it is hard to keep participants’ attention in the classroom, it is twice as hard online. Why? In the classroom, participants can look around the room and remain focused on the discussion topic. The trainers’ actions, movements, and facial expressions provide visual variety that keeps the participants’ interest. In the classroom, it is pretty easy to keep participants free from the distractions of the rest of their work lives.
All that disappears in the virtual classroom. Looking at the screen for a long period is more tiring than looking at a person. Distractions are everywhere. Without constant visual stimulation, it is easy for participants to lose focus.
The webinar "Engaging Participants Online" provides tips for how to overcome these challenges and deliver interactive and engaging online sessions. Presented by Karen Feeley, an IFC Master Trainer, Instructional Designer, and IFC-LPI Certified Trainer and Assessor, the webinar is especially valuable to those who are about to facilitate training sessions online for the first time, but the same tips and skills are equally valid for other types of web-meetings, such as presentations or even team meetings. The session answers four of the most common questions that facilitators who are new to the online environment often ask:
- How can I get people to engage more?
- How can I hold participants’ attention?
- How do I adapt in-person materials for online?
- How can I look more professional when presenting?
Webinar 2: From Bookcase to Cyberspace
As learning professionals, we already know that COVID-19 has had a profound effect on the viability of physical classrooms and face-to-face courses. A Google Trends search for “virtual classroom” shows a huge rise in interest since the pandemic made headlines in early 2020. Simply put, if you’re working in learning and development today and you haven’t yet invested in the skills for virtual classroom design and facilitation, you’re in danger of truly being left behind.
In the webinar "From Bookcase To Cyberspace", Michelle Parish, Head of the Learning and Performance Institute Virtual Academy, explores the issues and the opportunities presented by the virtual learning world by answering the key questions:
- How to adapt face-to-face courses to the online environment?
- How to make online courses more interactive?
- How to use online training platforms in a professional manner?